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OKC ZOO’S LARGEST BOTANICAL EVENT, ZOO BLOOMS, RETURNS WITH MORE FLORAL FIREWORKS

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is a sight to behold with waves of vibrant tulips beginning to awake throughout the Zoo’s gardens.  More than 100,000 tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, irises and hundreds of blooming trees and shrubs are showing their colors as part of ZOO BLOOMS, the OKC Zoo’s largest botanical event since its designation as an accredited living museum and botanical garden in 1998. Presented by Bob Moore Subaru, ZOO BLOOMS runs through Sunday, April 15, during regular Zoo hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

ZOO BLOOMS marks the start of the OKC Zoo’s spring season, and this year it coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Zoo becoming accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as both a living museum and botanical garden. For 2018, the Zoo packed even more floral fireworks into guest-favorite spaces with additional seating options for the perfect family photo-ops. Our staff of zoological horticulturists, volunteers and an army of squirrels started planting our tulip bulbs last November when the ground temperatures dropped to around 65. It took almost a full month to prepare the garden beds with soil amendments, plant each bulb at the proper depth and properly mulch the mass plantings. Each ZOO BLOOMS display was strategically planted in specific color combinations and patterns to complement the Zoo’s natural landscape and wow guests. Seeing the amazing benefits of this significant horticultural event spring to life promises to be a rewarding experience for all.

Inspiration for this floral celebration came from vintage photographs and postcards of the Zoo’s first botanical collections in downtown Oklahoma City’s Wheeler Park where the OKC Zoo began in 1902. The Zoo was called the Wheeler Park Zoo, which was surrounded by beautiful, curated gardens that featured beds of tulips and other exotic blooms. Due to repeated floods, the Zoo and gardens moved in 1923 to its current location. 

Just as the original gardens inspired Oklahoma photographers over a century ago, today’s Zoo guests can capture the remarkable beauty of ZOO BLOOMS with images all their own. Unlike previous generations, however, Zoo guests in 2018 can post them to social media and tag them with #OKCZOO and #OKCZOOBLOOMS!

ZOO BLOOMS continues to grow thanks to the generous support of our sponsors including Bob Moore Subaru, Teleflora, Colorblends Wholesale Bulbs, the Oklahoman and ZOOfriends. ZOO BLOOMS is free to enjoy with paid Zoo admission.

Go wild for ZOO BLOOMS this spring, we’re picture ready for you! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay up-to-date with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by visiting Our Stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming Oklahoma Zoological Society members at ZOOfriends.org or in-person at the Zoo! To learn more about ZOO BLOOMS and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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